This is the question you need to answer and what to do to make progress on your goal
Have you been in a muscle-building phase forever or have you been trying to lose body fat for as far back as you remember? This is the question you should be asking yourself to know the best way to go about making progress.
The reason it’s so important is due to what is called ‘hormonal optimisation.’ Hormones like insulin and testosterone will help with muscle growth and fat loss when the body is at the correct body fat range, so understanding that this needs to align with your goals can be key in ensuring your hormones are working for you, not against you.
First point of call is to figure out what phase you should be in. This can be decided very easily with some simple calculations of body fat, which can be measured by Callipers, Body Metrix and Dexa testing systems.
Using these numbers from my online Protocol program, you can work out where you sit in terms of leaning or building muscle. If you are a male under 13% body fat then you should be in a muscle growth phase. If you are over 13% then you should be in a lean down phase. If you are female and your body fat is under 20% then you should be in muscle growth phase. If you are over 20% then you should be in a lean down phase. These numbers can be used as a guide.
Your objective will impact your nutrition in the following ways. The goal of your intake when leaning is to maintain enough energy during the day with lowest amount of calories, whilst losing body fat and maintaining muscle. On the other hand, the goal of your nutrition whilst muscle growth is your focus is to increase your lean muscle whilst your body fat stays the same or slowly creeps up to a satisfactory point, for which you will need more calories.
Regardless of which goal you have, I always recommend clients to follow this simple FOCUS Rule to help keep them accountable and on track with progress. When you are consistent, that is when you get results.
About Lenny Chadd
Lenny is an accredited strength coach with the Poliquin Institute and owner of SIGFIT training studio in Bondi Junction. An expert in total body transformations for both men and women, Lenny’s holistic approach to personal training consists of optimal nutrition, supplementation and exercise techniques.
As a knowledgeable, celebrity personal trainer and fat loss expert, Lenny provides each of his clients with a written meal plan tailored to their specific goals to ensure real results.